NEW YORK † The alarm for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists is sounded again as New York City’s streets have seen a shocking increase in traffic fatalities.
According to new data, the number of road deaths increased by 44% in the first three months of 2022 compared to the same period last year.
So far this year, 59 people have died on the city’s roads, about half of them pedestrians. By 2021, only 41 people had died at this point.
“These statistics are outrageous, they are alarming,” said Rita Barravecchio of Families for Safe Streets.
Families for safe streets and transportation alternatives have released the latest statistics.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, begun in 2014, began with redesigning intersections, building protected bike lanes and lowering the speed limit to 25 on some streets, but the program hasn’t expanded as quickly as many had hoped.
“When Vision Zero started in 2014, we saw many years of crashes falling and fatalities falling,” said Cory Epstein of Transportation Alternatives. “We need to get Vision Zero back on track.”
The two advocacy groups are calling on Mayor Eric Adams to approve more than $3 billion in funding the city council has asked for and they want Albany to give cities the power to lower speed limits without Albany’s approval.
According to the city hall, the Department of Transportation is working on increasing security measures and understands that there is much more to do.